New Visa Schemes to enter the UK to work

The GLOBAL BUSINESS MOBILITY VISA (11 April 2022) provides an individual with the option of five different routes in which they can apply to work in the UK under this scheme:

Senior or specialist worker

This Senior or specialist worker visa replaces the Intra Company Transfer visa and requires the individual to have 12 months prior overseas employment (unless a higher earner).

Graduate trainee

This graduate visa replaces the Intra Company Transfer Graduate Trainee and is for workers on graduate training courses with work placements within the UK.

UK expansion worker

This is a new visa and is for businesses wishing to expand to the UK but are not yet trading in the UK. It replaces the overseas business route and can provide leave of up to one year which can be extended to two. It is aimed at Senior managers overseas or specialist employees with 12 months service.

Service supplier

The new service supplier visa route which provides self employed professionals or those employed by overseas service providers to work in the UK. It allows for a placement of up to six months.

Secondment worker

The secondment worker visa applies to overseas workers who wish to become seconded to their UK employer as part of a high value contract or investment.

The HIGH POTENTIAL INDIVIDUAL VISA (30 May 2022) is available to overseas university graduates from the top 50 institutions. This visa will provide leave for up to 2, or 3 years for those with a PhD however, it cannot lead to settlement in the UK afterwards. The individual must have a bachelors degree or above equivalent qualification gained within the past five years. English language is a requirement, and they can work in any role.

Scale up visa

Available from 22 August 2022, this visa is for talented individuals recruited by a UK scale up, or sponsor and that this person has the required skills required to enable the scale up business to continue growing. Valid initially for 2 years, however a sponsor is only required for the first six months. Requires skill level RQF level 6, with minimum salary of £33,000 or the going rate, whichever is the highest.

The new Ukraine emergency visa  runs alongside the Ukraine Family Scheme. This new visa is for those fleeing Ukraine and who do not have any family connection within the UK. It is a sponsored humanitarian route into the UK and allows for individuals, charities and other organisations to become sponsors. The visa would provide up to 3 years living and working in the UK.

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